This is a pattern that I'm writing myself for Flicker from Berroco. LOVE this yarn, it's a cable construction (so it looks kind of braided instead of twisted) with a little hint of sparkle. It is so squishy, which, of course, I love. So anywho, we started off yesterday playing restaurant, my server:
After some fun restaurant play, with Zoë at my feet playing with a box of hot wheels, it was time for Zoë to have her morning nap. Usually Clara and I watch a Sesame Street. This is some very good knitting time!
|Clara prepares some snacks for Sesame Street!|
|my progress before naptime - only an inch!|
|my view during Sesame Street|
|my progress after naptime|
While the girls were bouncing on the couch I managed to re-take my gauge (it was off 4.5 instead of 4 sts per inch and 6.5 instead of 5.5 rows...oops) and re-do my math (lengthening the sleeve significantly) Of course, the evening doldrums started to creep in and we had two tantrums and one (very long) meltdown. So dinner was in order! After Josh came home, dinner was finished and Clara and Mommy were back from our ice cream date it was time to get back to that sleeve. My favorite knitting time is when one of the girls is in the tub. They are both self sufficient enough that they don't need my hands on - but do need supervision. So while Clara was creating adventures with one of her toys sailing the seas, with many mishaps and boat fixing and even making his own raft and riding around on turtle - I was starting the sleeve over:
|just cast on - not even joined in the round yet!|
Oh, just think about how much more I would get done if I didn't have to rip out so much! That's okay, really, it's all part of the design process. I could tell you that it's all sleep-deprived haze that makes me screw up so much. But, honestly, I did just as much ripping out before I had kids. I just make lots of mistakes!
I can't wait to get a little farther on this sweater, I discovered something pretty neat while making the other side-to-side sweater and I want to make a little tutorial for you. You definitely will be seeing more of this Flicker! So there you have it, almost a sleeve (or two depending on how you think about it) in one day of knitting with kids... Not too bad! If you can manage to put down your knitting at a moment's notice to kiss boo-boos or do some state-department level negotiations for the yellow bouncy ball then you can get as much knitting done as me!
Now, back to that sleeve!